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yesjulzPhoto by George Martinez

This has been YesJulz’s year. With the exception of DJ Khaled, YesJulz (real name Julieanna Goddard, 26), is the biggest social-media star in America right now not named “Kardashian.” After getting her start promoting events for South Beach clubs such as LIV and Story, she now spends her time Snapchatting from parties while jet-setting around the world, leading the New York Times to call her “Snapchat Royalty” in June.

The minute she reached the top, it seems her competitors are already trying to tear her down: Miami Beach Police say they arrested two Broward County residents after they allegedly stole and/or hacked YesJulz’s all-powerful cell phone, found nude photos and videos on it, and then tried to extort $18,000 from her, lest they release those photos to the public.

beechcraft_b_200_king_air (1)Carlos Menendez San Juan via Flickr Creative Commons

Dear non-Miami residents: This city is trying to move on from its days as the nation’s drug-crime capital. We’ve built an entirely new, “hip” neighborhood miles from the beach, where the world’s best visual artists visit every December. We’re trying to invest in startups. We even might ban liquor sales on Ocean Drive after 2 a.m.

But damn if our decades-long Colombian drug-cartel habit isn’t hard to kick. Case in point: Last week, the U.S. government filed paperwork in the Southern District of Florida to seize a $600,000 propeller plane allegedly used to run “multi-kilogram shipments of cocaine” between Colombia, Panama, the Caribbean, and the United States on behalf of famed — and currently incarcerated — drug lord Daniel Barrera Barrera.

sobemugsphotos via Miami-Dade Corrections; montage by David Cypkin/rakontur

Three weeks ago, Miami Beach police rolled out a new crime fighting initiative aimed at stemming a tide of robberies in South Beach, and they’ve had some recent success. Some of the arrests may be due to beefed up manpower and squads of detectives working longer hours (with overtime benefits, of course.)

jimmy_sabatinoCourtesy of Baby T

In 2013, Miami New Times called Jimmy Sabatino Florida’s “most notorious con man.” For a con man, the word “notorious” basically means “has been caught a bunch of times,” so we’ll refrain from calling the 39-year-old “talented” — but damn if he isn’t persistent.

Case in point: Federal authorities said Thursday that Sabatino has once again been caught posing as a Sony record executive from prison in order to steal valuable property from people. That’s the same ruse that allowed Sabatino to build and blow several ill-gotten fortunes in the past.

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Mention Miami today to an out-of-towner, and a few images immediately pop to mind: Crockett and Tubbs in glorious pastel, white-sand beaches, and lots of extremely attractive people in scant clothing bathing in the sun. Miami is sexy. There is no denying it.

But at heart the Magic City is also a good old-fashioned, puritanical Southern town. And Miami has a long, ridiculous history of cracking down on sex and nudity.

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The action in Carl Hiaasen’s Miami crime novel debut Tourist Season begins when a body is found floating down a river in a suitcase. That was very much fiction, but the idea of body parts being found stuffed into weird things in weird places remains very much a chilling reality in Miami.

Today, Miami Gardens police found two bags full of body parts that were hidden in the brush right off the embankment of the Palmetto Expressway. The discovery happened late in the morning. The location was near NW 12th Avenue.

carlos_alvarezFormer Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez, who was recalled from office in 2011 over the disastrous Marlins Park deal, has been arrested for domestic violence against his girlfriend of 14 years, according to an arrest affidavit from Coral Gables Police.

The affidavit says Alvarez’s girlfriend visited his home to return his cat, though there’s no explanation why she had the feline.

Afterward, the two got into a heated argument. Alvarez’s girlfriend told police the former mayor grabbed her arms, pinned her against the wall of his building’s parking garage, spit on her, and yelled profanities.

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Patricia Perez-Gonzalez, 26, and her boyfriend, Alberto Companioni, 31, were living a life of extravagance in the stereotypical way some outsiders think all Miamians live. But it turns out they may have been funding that opulent lifestyle with a complex criminal operation of credit card fraud.

Beginning in 2014, the couple stole people’s personal information to obtain American Express personal cards, prosecutors say. The victims were primarily senior citizens, and the duo would have the cards sent to random locations. They racked up charges on luxury vacations, designer clothes, and exotic cars.

 

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After Louis Piper didn’t show up to work for a few days, his coworkers informed the police. They went to his South Beach apartment in the Sunset Harbour neighborhood Wednesday and found the 61-year-old’s decomposing body. That explained the foul stench neighbors had been smelling. Police believe Piper may have been dead for four or five days before they found him.

Police now have his 30-year-old lover, Jonathan Alonso, in custody.

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